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Missed opportunity for unified voice at Assembly

15 January, 2013


Sinn Féin MLA Mitchel McLaughlin has said that he is disappointed that the DUP did not agreed to a suspension of standing orders in order to allow the vote on the motion on Inclusivity, Mutual Respect, Peace and Democracy to go ahead today.

 Mr. McLaughlin said,

 “After the debate which at times was heated I suggested that the party whips meet in the Business committee and agree to suspend standing orders to allow the vote to be completed today.

 “Unfortunately the DUP blocked this and this now means that the vote will not be held until Monday.

 “Given the recent rioting by Unionists protesting over the flags and the ongoing attacks on the Short Strand it was important that this debate was finished today to send a strong message that all political parties would stand together.

 “As we approach the weekend and the further prospect of more illegal marches and roadblocks we again have seen a total lack of leadership from political Unionism in working to bring this current crisis to a peaceful resolution.” 

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